Current Lab Members

Maria L. Rodgers, PI (she/her/hers)

Maria is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. She earned a BS in Marine Science and Biology at the University of Miami and a PhD in Biological Sciences at Clemson University. Her interests center around questions in immunotoxicology and comparative immunology in coastal and marine organisms. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, playing with her dog, and spending time in the water! 

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Andrea Landaverde

Andrea, originally from El Salvador, is a PhD student in the Biology program. She earned her BS in Environmental Sciences from Zamorano University, and her MS degree in Environmental Toxicology from Clemson University. Prior to joining the Rodgers lab, Andrea worked as a marine technician at the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and as a management scientist with The Nature Conservancy. Besides scuba diving, Andrea loves hiking, yoga, and spending time with her friends and family.

Jacob Collins

Jacob, a current PhD student in the Toxicology program, came down to CMAST for his first PhD rotation.  He came all the way from Minnesota, where he was an undergraduate student and began exploring toxicology as an ORISE fellow.  During his time in the lab, he worked to isolate and culture intestinal epithelial cells from the Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica.  In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, reading, exercising, or avoiding the heat and humidity that seem to be a southern staple.